Date Oatmeal Muffins

After such an abundance of sugar and chocolate we thought it was time to bake something a wee bit healthier! These muffins were the perfect recipe to play with. They bake up surprisingly light and moist thanks to soaking the oats and have just a hint of sweetness. 

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2 cups oats
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
¾ cup oil
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup Partially Sifted Flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups dates, pitted & chopped

Mix together the oats and buttermilk and let sit for an hour. Beat eggs until they’re frothy then beat in sugar and oil. Mix together flours, baking soda, powder and salt. Mix together egg mixture, dry ingredients and oat mixture just until combined. Fold in dates. Pour batter into lined muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F. 

Apple Pie Muffins

These muffins are so moist and delicious! We may have eaten one or two even before they were cooled. The only thing that might make them better is a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

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2¼ cups Partially Sifted Flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
½ cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1½ cups packed brown sugar
2 cups chopped apples
Topping:
½ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup Partially Sifted Flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp melted butter     

Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, milk, melted butter, vanilla and brown sugar until sugar is dissolved.  Pour the wet mixture in with the dry and combine in the apples just until mixed. Spoon mixture into lined muffin tins. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Sprinkle generous amounts of topping onto each muffin. Bake for 20 minutes.

Best Ever Banana Muffins

So I didn’t believe my mother-in-law when she said that these were the best ever banana muffins … but they are!

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3 lrg bananas
¾ cups sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups of Partially Sifted Flour
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Mash bananas then mix in the sugar, egg, butter, baking soda and powder until gooey. Add in the Partially Sifted Flour. When combined, add in the chocolate chips. Fill greased muffins tins 2/3 full and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Strawberry & Chevre Muffins

I was reluctant to try this recipe since I thought it was too early in the year to dive into our stock of frozen strawberries. However, these are delicious! They aren't too sweet and the goat cheese is creamy and decadent. 

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1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1 cup red fife flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers. Cream together butter and sugar then add in the egg and yogurt. Sift together dry ingredients and add into wet ingredients. Gently fold in the strawberries and goat cheese. Spread batter evenly into the muffin tins and sprinkle with a bit more cheese. The batter will be thick. Bake for 25 minutes.

Barley 'N' Blueberry Muffins

Or really any kind of muffin you please … rhubarb and pecan anyone?!

2 cups Barley Flour
½ cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
¼  vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 400ºF. In a large bowl, combine Barley Flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Beat in eggs, oil and milk just until moist. Add in blueberries (or whatever else you choose). Pour batter in a greased or lined muffin tin almost full. Bake for about 15 minutes or until centre springs back when lightly touched.